The Planning Coalition
1809 E. 71st Street, Chicago, Il. 60649
Phone: (773) 647-2635
South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council
7059 S South Shore Dr,
What is Calumet Connect?
Calumet Connect is a new community-based coalition that is working towards a vision that represents Southeast Side residents, businesses, community organizations, and other stakeholders for communities near the Calumet River from Lake Michigan to 106th St.
The project will:
-Seek to improve business development, outdoor recreation, and public health
-Promote local arts and culture
-Strengthen relationships and increase leadership opportunities with the community
Our goal is to ensure the community voices are developed so they can shape the City of Chicago’s streetscape design for Commercial Avenue and planning process for the Calumet River industrial corridor beginning in 2019.
Collaboration organizations include local partners: Claretian Associates, South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Environmental Task Force, South Worx Art Group, and Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago, and regional partners: Chicago Public Art Group, Friends of the Parks, Illinois Public Health Institute, NeighborSpace, and UIC College of Nursing. Calumet Connect is facilitated by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and UIC Great Cities Institute, and is funded by The Chicago Community Trust.
The mission of ABJ Community Services, Inc. is to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of families, children and senior citizens by offering effective health and human services. ABJ Community Services, Inc. provides the most versatile, professional, and supportive individual and group services possible to each client and the community. Services are offered without consideration to age, race, creed, color or religious affiliation.
Grassroots Movement for Social Emotional Learning (Laura Morgan) SEL is a long term solution toward prevention of the crime and violence epidemic that plagues our communities non-stop. To quote Bob Teague (1968) in his ‘Letters to a Black Boy,’ “Each man has to fight for what he believes in, for what he wants, in his own terms.”Surely, many of you feel overwhelmed with the level of violence in our city and feel there is no solution. How can we accept this hopelessness when our African-American ancestors didn’t and fought tirelessly for our freedom. Furthermore, how can we then lay down like cowards and let the negative elements rule our neighborhoods without a fight. We owe it to the children in the community to go the ends of the earth to figure out a solution to the crime and violence in our communities that threatened all of our very existence. Let’s top the bloodshed NOW!
We believe, that if SEL is implemented in the curricular of the schools, after-school programs, park district programs, church youth programs, etc., that eventually the skills the children learn will result in fewer incidences of crime and violence in the African-American community, especially crimes against the youth. SEL standards for all school districts in Illinois have been approved by the Illinois State Legislature and the Chicago Board of Education. Many suburban schools and a few CPS schools have already implemented SEL standards and have seen excellent results. However, SEL implementation is almost non-existent in the inner city neighborhood schools where crime and violence is most prevalent and plaqued with low performing schools, high dropout rates (especially among African-American males). The evidence indicate that children in schools with SEL feel more of a sense of being safe, therefore, academic learning improves. As adults it is our responsibility to ensure that the neighborhoods our children are reared in are safe.
Join us in congratulating Mary Steenson on having her neighborhood in the running for bigger recognition as possible Neighborhood of the Year by Neighborhood USA (NUSA). For information about NUSA click the link below
An important local program to reduce the 90% joblessness rate in Black youth was caught up this week in what we believe is nasty election politics.
Last week the Chicago Sun Times charged that the Black United Fund of Illinois and other organizations that used state funds to run a summer anti-violence -job training programs for Black youth, had a failure, a fraud and a waste of taxpayer funds . Their reasoning was that a 17 year old accused this month of committing a murder, had been employed in the Black United Fund of Illinois program. The reporter concluded that the whole program a ploy for political favor by Governor Quinn who had sponsored the State Funding for the program.
As a result of the article, on March 6 state Representative David Reis introduced a bill – House Bill 6011- to immediately freeze the funding of the Chicago Anti Violence State Funds which will gut ALL such job training programs.
This media muckracking is not only aimed at harming the Governor in the upcoming political race but will be extremely harmful to the community’s urgent interests in reducing crisis level employment that is strongly connected to the high level of violence and crime. The article is grossly distorted and includes erroneous and misleading information and does not mention the benefits to the many teens trained by the program. The lawmaker’s response is an irresponsible over-reaction.
We are urging the Community to speak up against this yellow journalism and against any attempt to cut these much needed funds. The harm to our community will be unspeakable. We are seeking “Justice and Jobs.”
That’s why I signed a petition to The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn. Will you please sign too?
To read it and add your signature Click here:
In an attempt to bring a high quality grocer to South Shore, the advocacy/action sub-committee of the Grocer Committee wants your help and involvement. We are planning a shopping event to bring attention to the amount of money South Shore residents spend on groceries outside the community. In April we will highlight this issue by coming together to shop at a high quality grocer outside our community. We will brand ourselves with South Shore shirts, and shopping bags. We are also asking that you begin to save your grocery receipts in the weeks leading up to this event which we will collect and tally.
Please stay tuned for updates on this event and how you can get involved, and be ready to get your South Shore paraphernalia. This will be a highly publicized event and our voices will be heard.
In our Town Hall meeting we declared that we must go past the Grocery Task Force straight to the mayor to get results. Accordingly, on Wed March 12 we had a fruitful meeting with the Deputy Mayor, … Koch and the —– (name )mayor’s new Chief of Staff.
The meeting included Alderman Hairston who declared that she would work closely with us. We are invited to participate in her 3/20 meeting about Dominick’s and Urban Partnership Bank.
We have a meeting with Urban Partnership Bank next week.ro discuss the community’s position concerning their continued involvement with the community revitalization efforts as well as the sale of the building.
Here’s the surprise.
Our Executive Director Val Free’s guest editorial opinion about 71st Street Dominick’s and who and what we are as a community ran in this Sunday’s Chicago Tribune!!!! We think that it expresses The Planning Coalition and the South Shore resident’s unified concern and determination to win.
Don’t Stereotype South Shore
There are 2 other opinions, including one Steve Koch and Leslie Hairston (Deputy Chief of Staff, and 5 Ward Alderman). As well as, Allen Sanderson – University of Chicago.
Task Force Focusing on Last Location: Deal Could Be Near
Subsidized grocery replacement isn’t answer
Allen Sanderson – Teaches economics at University of Chicago
Please take a look and perhaps send in your comments about what you think in a letter to the Tribune editors.
With your help our position is gaining respect and momentum.
Needless to say community things are happening.
Until the next update – be a good neighbor, work with your local organizations, join or form a block club for to raise your power to higher to resolve our own problems and celebrate our victories.
The Planning Coalition
The Neighborhood Network Alliance formerly known as the Southeast Side Block Club Alliance is a social network association formed in 2013 to organize and support local block clubs. By definition we consider block clubs to be networks. Networks are traditional block clubs, homeowners associations, tenant associations, condominium associations, housing co-op association and engage clubs or groups of neighbors (e.g. walking club, book club, or cooking club, etc.). Our mission is to start, re-activate, and strengthen active neighborhood…
Global Girls Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and has established itself as an engaging and often cutting-edge youth performing arts organization on the south side of Chicago. We provide a safe space where girls ages 8-18 learn communication, presentation and performance skills. Over 500 hundred girls participate annually in community and school based arts education initiatives, workshops and conferences.
ASE is a multicultural, interfaith coalition of churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to address the challenges facing the neighborhoods of Southeast Chicago. Formerly the Alianza Leadership Institute, we have grown from our beginnings as series of leadership skills workshops to a powerful network with over 40 community partners representing thousands of people. “US. Steel South Works CBA” & Youth Leadership Advisory. http://www.asechicago.org
Claretian Associates carries on a rich and collaborative tradition of responding to the needs of South Chicago and its surrounding communities by providing affordable housing and vital services that benefit the safety and wellbeing of our residents and families.
Our Bold Goal: Focusing on youth between the ages of 8-26, by 2020, South Chicago will improve the safety of the community by reducing assault, battery, criminal sexual assault, and homicide by five
Our mission is to inform and educate all members of the southeast Chicagoland community, including residents, businesses, and leaders, in areas related to the improvement of our neighborhood’s environment. We strive for sustainable development of residential facilities, environmentally friendly and green business practices, and preservation of natural areas that improve the quality of life in the Calumet region. http://setaskforce.org/
Connectivity makes a difference in many ways. In partnership with Leave No Veteran Behind and American Wide Broadband, Cambium Networks connected a Community Hub in the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago at Windsor Park Lutheran Church with high-speed wireless broadband and free WiFi. Since the network launched in 2016, the community has found ways to leverage the system to improve the lives of local residents.
While the system provides connectivity for job searching, homework, applying for services and video surveillance to provide a safe location, Cambium Networks employees recently extended the reach into the community.
8am – 9am
2423 E. 75th Street
Chicago, IL 60649
Welcome to the State of Black Chicago Congress
THE MISSION of the State of Black Chicago Congress (SBCC) is to mobilize the community of African descent, in order to develop a plan of action that ameliorates conditions such as the crime and violence, inequitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities, joblessness, slow business development and opportunities, disappearing black media, inadequate youth engagement and leadership development, poor health, and the public’s concern over the involvement of the Black Church.
Please click on website below to view “State of Black Chicago Congress Solution Papers”
P.O. Box 19438
Chicago, IL 60619-19438
The Black Star Project by Phillip Jackson
Saturday University – Reading, Math & Writing Program
Support System that assists the community with coming together to define & address problems as they see them.
D.R.E.A.M.S. are coming alive!
Annie’s Legacy is a women’s resource center in Chicago that provides women who have survived domestic violence and other setbacks with one-on-one mentoring and life skills to become confident contributors to their communities.
Join us for a workshop or 2 or even all 8! Workshops are held at our office at 1809 E. 71st Street on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Please call us for information and to RSVP (773) 363-3300. Workshops are free and open to all women over the age of 21. You do not need to be a survivor of domestic violence to attend a workshop.
1809 E. 71st Street, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60649
“Fathers for Change”
Contact: Willis W. Myers,
Chicago, Illinois 60649
Your participation in the MLK public meeting Hope in an Age of Crisis sent a powerful message to our elected officials that advancing racial and economic equality ought to be their top priority. If you’d like to get more deeply involved our work, I invite you to attend our next orientation session:
IIRON and The People’s Lobby’s Orientation
6th Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 East 35th Street, Chicago
This orientation session will provide an overview of who we are, what we believe and how we build power to win on issues. Come and find out how you can work with IIRON and The People’s Lobby to advance the issues from the MLK meeting that you care about.
Other upcoming events include a full day leadership training on the fundamentals of organizing on , and taskforce meetings on fracking and the environment, fighting austerity, winning good jobs, and ending mass incarceration. Click here for a full calendar and to register for other upcoming events.
p.s. If you haven’t already, will you make a donation today to support the work going forward? Please click here make a gift of $10 per month to sustain our work.
CivicLab is a new nonprofit enterprise dedicated to building, distributing and encouraging the use of new tools for civic engagement and government accountability. We intend to create a space and a place for activists to come together to share, educate and build tools for civic engagement. Our call to service is – Investigate. Educate. Activate. One of their Projects is:
The Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Report – You probably know that TIF’s sucked up $510 MILLION in Chicago property taxes in 2010. But you probably don’t know WHERE that money went and who got helped and who got hurt. Let’s find out. Calling all data hounds, civic coders, map makers, forensic accountants, fiscal policy wonks, good government geeks and neighborhood advocates – let’s pick one ward for a deep dive and really tell the whole TIF story for that community. More about TIFs here.
Community Contact: Sharon Louis of South Shore Sustainability Collaborative,NFP –
Review the 7th Ward TIF Illumination here – http://www.slideshare.net/tomtee/ti-fs-7thward33013
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